Last week I spent a few days at LinuxTag 2011 in Berlin, Germany. This is quite an interesting an unique conference for me, as normally the conferences I attend are web and developer focused. LinuxTag has the interesting mix of developers, users, IT professional, and hackers. And when I say hackers, I mean hackers; folks working on developing alternative BIOes, building robots, and all sorts of random hardware hacking. While this sort of thing may not be everyone’s cup of tea, I find that it showcases the passion and ingenuity of the open source community.
At the conference, I delivered a new talk “Using SugarCRM when you aren’t doing CRM – Examples of SugarCRM as a platform”, which highlighted how many of our customers are using SugarCRM for things that may not be CRM related per say, and how the platform is well suited for this kind of task. I received good feedback and several questions on the talk as well as about building applications on SugarCRM.
As for the conference overall, I was very impressed with the better attention to the talks this year ( especially the speakers, as it was nice to have a comfortable dedicated lounge on the main level ). Last year I felt the talks were a bit of an after thought to the conference, and this year I could tell they have really changed that and made sure attendees knew where to go and what talks were going on. Kudos to the whole team for this!
I want to thank everyone at LinuxTag for inviting me to speak again, and hope to be invited to return next year!